With the new state rule for mandatory continuing legal education going into effect on Jan. 1, the state Judicial Branch is taking steps now to make sure attorneys get any questions answered beforehand.
Pedro Martinez of Bridgeport has the misfortune of having the same name as a wanted man out of Texas, a coincidence which allegedly led Bridgeport police to detain him three times.
Want to ace your all-important first-year law exams? Try being wordy.
Over the past eight years, President Barack Obama has boosted diversity on the federal bench with his judicial picks.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has clarified the law on when the dismissal of a single case among several consolidated cases can be considered a final, appealable decision.
Many colleges have adopted an affirmative consent standard, which CT Public Act 14-11 has required since July 2016, defining consent as engaged, informed, unambiguous and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity at each step, which may be revoked at any time. Moreover, one cannot consent if intoxicated.
Was it disrespectful for a law firm to send an associate to federal court in Brooklyn, New York, to represent a big client, in this case Facebook Inc., to a pretrial conference unaccompanied by partners?
The federal government is having trouble extinguishing lawsuits that accuse the federal court’s PACER system of overcharging users to access case information and documents online.
A new statute, effective Oct. 1, gives the green light to payroll cards, which are seen by employment lawyers in Connecticut as a boon to both employers and employees.
Oil company Maxum Petroleum says Stamford-based Chemoil Corp. has stolen its "crown jewels" with the hire of a longtime executive.
Jurisprudence in the last few decades has wrestled with balancing lawyers' First Amendment rights, the public's right to know, the need for open courts and the accused's rights to a fair trial.
A longtime Danbury attorney who served federal prison time for her role in a real estate scheme is seeking reinstatement to the bar in Connecticut.
A decade and a half on, all we’ve learned from 9/11 litigation is that America’s legal system is even more hopeless than its real estate industry, which has finally finished a few grandiose structures at ground zero that are of some redeeming value.
Over the past week, news about a bill that would ease the path for plaintiffs to sue foreign governments over their alleged support for terrorism has flooded media outlets.
The Supreme Court's 'Harrington' decision may curtail the ability of attorneys and clients to claim privilege when there is no underlying legal advice to support it. This is indeed a good thing.
Summary judgment should not have been granted to the state Department of Transportation on claims it moved too slow to treat black ice on the Gold Star Memorial Bridge over the Thames River, a state appellate court held.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is expected to announce on Friday a second list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees he would consider as president, underscoring his argument that the future of the high court is a prime reason for voters to elect him.
With four IP cases on the docket and several more knocking at the door of certiorari, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised for a banner year of patent, trademark and copyright decisions.
A federal appeals court has affirmed a lower court's ruling last year in a case involving ads on phony news websites that an online advertiser can be held liable for deceptive content that it did not produce.
Attorneys general for 35 states, including Connecticut, recently filed suit against the makers of Suboxone, a drug used to treat opioid addiction, alleging they schemed to stall the entry of a generic form of the drug into the market.
The death of well-known New Britain lawyer Joseph McDonald, who appeared to be putting his legal and addiction problems behind him, comes as a shock to those who knew him.
In the absence of up-to-date reports from the U.S. Supreme Court justices about their own health, here is what is publicly known:
The intense debate over how transparent presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump should be about their health gives rise to another question: What about the health of Supreme Court justices?
A recent New York City Bar ethics decision on the duties of criminal prosecutors raises interesting questions regarding the interplay of the rules of conduct and standards of lawyer conduct applicable in civil and criminal contexts.
Staffing shortages and the state's budget situation have prompted officials to reduce the hours of more of the state's law libraries.
The University of Connecticut School of Law has an interesting program for graduates of law schools in other countries.
The chief of the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division told more than 200 lawyers and community activists at an Atlanta symposium Tuesday at Georgia State University that she and her Justice Department colleagues in Washington and across the nation “see a very clear link” between the criminalization of poverty by law enforcement authorities and the growing distrust of police and the government by the public.
State regulators, industry attorneys and vehicle manufacturers greeted the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday, as a positive step toward providing clarity and preventing an undesirable patchwork of local laws.
A century ago Theodore Roosevelt, while regarded as a flaming liberal, nevertheless argued that the first duty of a citizen is to pull his own weight. The collapse of schools, cities, and the state itself is what happens when public policy disagrees.
Connecticut is in the forefront for implementing restorative justice programs by, among other things, being one of a small number of states that has a pardons process that is available and accessible to people and that grants more than a handful of pardons each year. But it is behind in providing readily available and easily understandable information about these programs.
Workers' compensation insurers paying out benefits to employees on an employer's behalf may sue the third party responsible for the injuries in order to recover the loss, according to a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling.
The Connecticut Law Tribune is pleased to announce the winners for the 2016 New Leaders in the Law contest. Applicants were judged in four categories, including development of the law, advocacy/community contributions, service to the bar, and peer/public recognition.
Uh-oh, it looks like your firm just wasted a ton of money recruiting those bright young women from Columbia Law School.
Laura Wasser, the lawyer representing Angelina Jolie Pitt in her divorce from Brad Pitt, is synonymous with Hollywood’s biggest celebrity breakups, with recent cases including Jennifer Garner’s divorce from Ben Affleck and Johnny Depp’s split from Amber Heard.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has agreed to review the recent landmark ruling that called Connecticut's education funding system unconstitutional.
A Stratford narcotics detective who claims the department retaliated against him after he badmouthed the current police chief has been awarded $2.5 million by a jury in federal court in New Haven.
Bitcoin lives in a dark world outside the law, unregulated, murky, indeed, even suspicious. It is the very sort of medium of exchange one would most expect the IRS to be interested in.
Quinnipiac University Law School students who went on a humanitarian trip to Nicaragua learned ways their legal system was different, but overall, students said they saw more similarities than differences.
Amid declining enrollment in J.D. programs nationwide, two law schools have unveiled tuition decreases for the upcoming school year.
ALM Intelligence research on gender diversity indicates that women do not leave the law just to have children or raise a family. Instead, there is a slow trickling-out of women from the Big Law workforce year-over-year.
Lawyers and clients often confront the question of when communications relating to both nonlegal and legal advice may be covered by the attorney-client privilege. Court decisions in this area have not always provided consistent guidance. A dispute concerning a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request directed to the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority (CRRA) (now the Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority) provided the Supreme Court with the opportunity to directly address the proper standard for determining when the privilege covers mixed-purpose communications.
The Connecticut Supreme Court term was again relatively quiet in the area of labor and employment, with only a few decisions that impact employers.
The big product-liability news at the Connecticut Supreme Court in 2016 was undoubtedly Izzarelli v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, 321 Conn. 172 (2016), an important decision that refined Connecticut's standards for design-defect product-liability claims.
A flood of important decisions has flowed out of the courts. We should enjoy them while we can, because with judicial branch cutbacks typical real property and land use cases now find themselves in a position of lowest priority, far behind criminal prosecutions and family law matters.
Most people living in poverty, and the majority of moderate-income individuals, do not receive the legal help they need.
A Shelton-based attorney already facing charges in state court for allegedly sexually assaulting a juvenile now faces federal charges that he produced child pornography.
In sharp contrast to last summer's Tilcon Connecticut case, which placed significant checks on the ability of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to request extensive information from permit applicants, this year's cases dramatically reinforce DEEP's authority.
Uber patrons in Pittsburgh can now dial up an autonomous vehicle, climb inside and watch the steering wheel spin, untouched by human hands, as they scoot through downtown.
A Connecticut lawsuit against Marlboro that alleges the cigarette maker caused a woman's lung cancer and death will go before the state Supreme Court justices in an effort to clarify the law under the state's Product Liability Act.
The Connecticut Law Tribune is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Litigation Departments of the Year Awards. The contest honors law firms which have had significant victories in general litigation and specific practice areas.
A complaint filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut in U.S. District Court contends that three state troopers fabricated charges against a protester who was filming a drunken driving checkpoint.
State officials announced Thursday that they will appeal a trial judge's landmark ruling last week that called Connecticut's education funding system unconstitutional.
We want to focus on Justice Zarella's dissent, not because of his analysis of 'Santiago,' but because of his proposed test for deciding whether to uphold a prior decision on the basis of stare decisis.
The Connecticut Law Tribune is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Legal Departments of the Year awards. The contest honors excellence in corporate legal departments.
Be it Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, the candidate elected president in November will put an enduring stamp on the federal courts. Read our complete coverage.
An attorney who served federal prison time following his conviction in a mortgage fraud scheme has been formally disciplined with a suspension from the bar for at least six years.
The estate of a man killed after his car collided with a speeding police cruiser has settled a lawsuit against Hartford for $2.9 million.
Some people really want the new iPhone.
Many states still take their sovereignty seriously and will not hesitate to haul out-of-state lawyers into their disciplinary courts if they believe they are fishing without a license.
A man convicted of murder in New Haven is asking the state Supreme Court for a new trial on grounds that the judge should not have allowed evidence from Facebook at trial.
Longtime attorney Thomas M. Murtha has resigned from the bar amid a state disciplinary action alleging he misappropriated clients' funds.
It took more than a decade of litigation—and a massive pro bono commitment by Debevoise & Plimpton—to persuade a Connecticut judge to rule last week that the state’s public schools had failed schoolchildren in its poorest districts.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights recently announced that David McGuire will serve as chairman of the Connecticut State Advisory Committee, which will evaluate and report on civil rights concerns in the state.
Hartford is apparently teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, if its mayor, Luke Bronin, is to be believed. If Bronin is serious about avoiding bankruptcy, he ought to call the city's lawyers and ask them just what they are doing in the case of 'Harris v. O'Hare,' a federal civil rights action set for trial this month.
Handing a win to the maker of First Response pregnancy tests, a federal appeals court in New York held Friday that the maker of the rival Clearblue home pregnancy tests misled consumers in its advertising for a product that estimates how long a woman has been pregnant.
The word “memories” doesn’t seem to apply to 9/11. Fifteen years now have passed, but survivors and witness recall with perfect clarity the “beautiful” September morning interrupted by so much violence.
After departing for a while to work at a university, attorney James Ray has returned to Robinson & Cole as a partner in the firm's environmental and utilities group.
The erroneous failure of 90 Georgia Bar Exam takers in the past year looks to be the worst scoring mistake ever on the all-important licensing test.
The family of a deceased woman who was hit by a truck while crossing a street in Moosup, Connecticut, has settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver for $1.2 million.
Dream of a world where everything stupid, contemptible, or phony was also unconstitutional. That's what the state Supreme Court invited Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher to dream about public education, and this week he delivered in Technicolor.
James Wade of Robinson & Cole has appeared before at least 300 judges and argued cases in every state courthouse in Connecticut.
A LONG ISLAND County has filed a lawsuit against drug manufacturers alleging deceptive marketing of opioid painkillers, in a move resembling litigation filed by states against tobacco manufacturers in the 1990s that led to a master settlement with cigarette makers.
Ruling in a more than decade-old case, a Connecticut judge ruled that the state's educational funding is out of step with its Constitution.
These days, many lawyers start their careers on their own, without any network of support or guidance.
Some of the most important decisions regarding a child's right to be heard and to be represented by an attorney, or to be heard through a guardian ad litem, in cases involving the child's custody, care or support, bear Justice Borden's byline.
There's a new security rule in the state courthouses. At least I think there is a new rule. As with so many security measures, practices across the state are inconsistent. It's maddening.
Many companies are paying closer attention to how their outside firms protect client information from cyberthreats. While some small and midsized firms have responded by increasing their focus on data privacy, others have been slow to make it a priority and that inaction could prove costly, even if a breach never occurs.
The lawyer for an accountant whose hard drives were seized and held for over two years in a fraud investigation involving a client, and then used to charge the accountant himself for an unrelated crime, is hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will take his case.
Lawyers for the families of Sandy Hook Elementary shooting victims accuse the firearm maker of using an early motion for summary judgment to "preclude discovery and avoid a trial on the merits."
A judge has ordered Hartford to pay almost $6.3 million for the benefit of residents who were forced to leave their condemned homes but weren't given financial assistance to relocate.
The General Assembly has let the system continue as legislators cower before the "mom and pop" liquor store operators, of whom every legislator's district has many.
What’s driving a huge surge in applications at the University of Colorado Law School? Partly pot, says one professor.
Any successful courtroom advocate understands that far and away the most important key to success is credibility. Establish your credibility early and maintain it impeccably throughout your case—and throughout your career.
In a rare instance of a dram shop litigation netting more than $250,000, the victim of a drunken driving accident has reached a nearly $6.5 million settlement.
Perhaps in the end, the matter of Clay v. United States serves as merely one example of the need for a degree of intellectual honesty and integrity among all of the members of our highest court sufficient to probe beyond temporal, superficial political expediency to arrive at decisions consistent with established law and precedent.
A Shelton-based attorney was arrested on Aug. 30 and accused of sexually assaulting a juvenile for years.
A Connecticut dentist has agreed to pay over $1.3 million to resolve claims that he violated the federal and state false claims acts.
Connecticut's Freedom of Information Commission applied the wrong standard in refusing to order the release of emails between a state authority and two lawyers who are also registered lobbyists, the state's highest court has ruled.
Kathie's Kitchen, which registered the mark SUPERSEEDZ, says a new line of Super Seed crackers is siphoning its goodwill in the health food sector.
A longtime partner at Day Pitney with over 30 years of experience has been named to be a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge for Connecticut to fill a vacancy created by a judge's retirement and move to private practice.
Something about summer in California brings out the crazy. Developments in the law of lawyer conduct are not immune.
Wouldn't you have thought that your financial adviser is obligated to act in your best interest when advising you where to put your retirement money? Well, sadly, you would have been wrong if you did.
As thousands of would-be lawyers arrive on campus this month, we asked some big-name attorneys for their best advice for law students.
A 19-year-old college student struck by a car while crossing a neighborhood road in North Haven has settled her lawsuit against the vehicle's driver for $2 million.
The U.S. District Court for Connecticut will have a judicial vacancy soon, as Judge Robert Chatigny has decided to take senior status as of Jan. 1.
The battle between political correctness and free speech continues apace. Recently, it has taken a dangerous turn. The political correctness police have now taken on the Gadsden "Don't Tread on Me" flag, decreeing it an unwelcome racist symbol.
Google Inc. and other search engine sites have long argued—with success—that the First Amendment protects decisions about how websites appear in search results.
In 2001, a panel of appeals judges in Philadelphia considered if a lawyer who told her opponent, “Go fuck yourself,” should face sanctions.
A Connecticut trial judge forgot to instruct the jury that a defendant's refusal to testify cannot be held against him, which prompted the state Supreme Court Thursday to order a new trial for a man convicted of burglary and larceny.
Rebuffed time and again by the Missouri legislature and Gov. Jay Nixon, who refused to substantially increase the budget for indigent criminal defense, the chief public defender, Michael Barrett, had enough. He recently took an unusual and desperate step. He appointed Nixon, a licensed Missouri attorney, to represent an indigent client accused in an assault case. We applaud this bold action.
Our firm is looking for some help, an associate with 2-5 years of experience. We and everyone else. The 2-5 year cohort is hot right now as is the 3-6 group. Maybe someone should invent a law school that graduates folks after 5-9 years of combined academic and clinical work. There would be a great demand.
A wonderful young boy in the care of DCF is in need of a kidney donation. Maybe you or someone you know could be his match.
A national liquor retailer with four Connecticut locations has filed a lawsuit against state officials in U.S. District Court challenging the state's laws governing liquor pricing.
A group of parents have filed a lawsuit against state officials alleging that Connecticut's restrictions on charter and magnet schools are unconstitutional because they force low-income and minority students to attend underperforming schools.
American legal publishing was in its infancy when lawyer Tapping Reeve opened the Litchfield Law School in Connecticut in 1784.
The sign out front says it’s America’s first law school, but one could easily mistake the one-room structure on a quiet street in Litchfield, Connecticut, for a well-maintained storage shed.
The Connecticut Appellate Court has overturned a $12 million medical malpractice verdict against Danbury Hospital in the case of a patient who nearly died following a routine hernia operation.
Congratulations to Connecticut's Supreme Court for proclaiming the futility of public administration, ruling that a University of Connecticut employee who smoked marijuana while operating a university truck cannot be fired. The court's legal rationale was plausible but there was little consistency to it.
A former paralegal who embezzled $1.7 million from a South Windsor law firm has been sentenced to two more months in prison after she failed to pay restitution and was caught gambling while on probation.
The Connecticut Supreme Court found a state employee should not have been fired for smoking marijuana while on the job, in a ruling legal experts say reinforces arbitration decisions in attempting to prevent public policy challenges.
The new court year begins soon, and, as in virtually every year I can recall as a practicing lawyer, there is pushing and pulling between state and federal courts regarding scheduling of trials. Is it too much to ask state and federal judges to work together on scheduling issues?
When asked by a Connecticut Bar Association group how he wanted to be remembered, he answered "as someone who was intellectually honest."
A teen who was attacked by a dog at his friend's house and needed numerous surgeries has been awarded more than $1.4 million by a judge in New London. Owen Carbray, who is now 16, was bitten by a large black Labrador retriever named "Bubba" on Nov. 8, 2013. Carbray was visiting a friend at the rented home of Mariusz and Nicole Krys in Windham.
Many lawyers, speaking as individuals, have voiced the strongest of objections to a Donald Trump presidency. Yet the organized bar has been silent. We think it is time for the bar to have an open discussion about whether it should actively oppose Mr. Trump.
A judge has ordered a retired Winsted dentist to pay $717,046 after concluding that he violated state law by improperly billing the state Medicaid program for dental cleanings and fluoride treatments.
I am deflated suddenly, staring out the window wondering about the point of it all. News is just now breaking that another lawyer has committed suicide. The body of Meriden's John Ivers Jr., 50, reported missing this month, has been recovered. A self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the police say. Did it have to come to this?
The Connecticut Law Tribune will honor the best legal departments in Connecticut and is seeking help in determining the deserving companies.
The Connecticut Law Tribune's Litigation Departments of the Year contest is open to any litigation law firm with a Connecticut presence.
Following a Meriden lawyer's self-inflicted death last week, some attorneys in the state say there's still work to be done to increase awareness of mental health problems in the legal community.
The Connecticut Law Tribune is looking to spotlight lawyers who are under the age of 40.
A Darien-based attorney who was the subject of a disciplinary investigation because of an overdraft in his IOLTA account has resigned from the bar and waived the privilege of reapplying.
The law firm of Cummings & Lockwood announced recently that Kelley Galica Peck has joined the firm as a principal in its private clients group.
Jodie L. Driscoll has joined the law firm of Murtha Cullina, where she is now an associate in the firm's Business and Finance Department.
Prosecutors kept fighting Scott Lewis' release even after an FBI report long ago cast doubt on his conviction. Now he wants New Haven to pay.
Details have emerged in last week's domestic violence arrest of New Milford Probate Court Judge Martin Landgrebe, in which police charged him with third-degree strangulation and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident at his home.
Last November, Gov. Malloy made a speech outlining his plans for justice reform that included two important proposals: 1) eliminating the cash bail system and 2) moving individuals aged 18-20 into the juvenile system and exploring additional reforms for those up to 25 years old. These proposed reforms were seen as transformational and part of an overall system refocus aimed toward fighting recidivism and thus lowering crime. Neither proposal became law. This is a missed opportunity.
The choice between federal and state court is one of the most strategically significant decisions made in the course of litigation. It can dramatically favor one party over another, affecting everything from the pace and expense of litigation to the governing procedural (and, in some instances, substantive) law.
In the struggle of a fledgling Texas law school to obtain ABA accreditation is a message for others on the issue of what schools should be doing to educate and train the next generation of lawyers.
The 2004 law reflects the General Assembly's appreciation of the importance of the watchdog agencies and the need to protect their status as independent agencies.
In light of high court precedent and legislation governing the severe sentencing of minors, the Connecticut Appellate Court has decided to use parole hearings rather than resentencing hearings in handling appeals from convicted juveniles.
As Amtrak starts to settle suits brought in the wake of the 2015 derailment that killed eight people, suits continue to be filed, including one in the District of Connecticut.
We have already condemned the Republicans in the Senate for refusing to give Chief Judge Garland a hearing on his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. We stand on that condemnation. But since we appear to be stuck with an eight-justice court until next year, we have some observations on the subject to while away the time.
Herman Melville once wrote: "All my means are sane, my motive and my object mad." The object of my obsession, and that of many practitioners who deal with the purchase and sale of small businesses in Connecticut, is having a smooth, seamless, efficient and timely closing of the sale. What can often seem to be the "great white whale" in this process: appropriately addressing successor liability with the Department of Revenue Services.
Sometimes, being a lawyer can be a lonely place to be. Unlike some other professions, we have a set of ethics rules that can make it really hard to do our jobs, keep our licenses and look at ourselves in the mirror every morning. Three recent cases brought this home to me.
The retired member of the Connecticut Supreme Court, who died on Aug. 7, is seen as having a lasting impact on the state's legal landscape.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has reversed a $64.7 million verdict in a long-running battle between Waterbury's MacDermid Printing Solutions and the now-defunct Cortron Corp. over thermal flexographic printing technology.
Ordinary criminal defense lawyers not well-equipped to appear before the Supreme Court? If so, that sheds more light on what the court has become than it does on the defense bar.
The body of a Meriden attorney reported missing Aug. 9 was discovered Wednesday near a local pond.
A former wrestler filed a class-action lawsuit claiming World Wrestling Entertainment has refused to pay royalty fees after the entertainment company bought a rival wrestling company for which he worked.
The state Supreme Court has denied a defendant's attempt to get a new trial after a juror was removed from the jury pool because the judge and prosecutor believed he didn't have a good grasp of the English language.
Six Yale University employees filed a federal class-action suit against the university for choosing high-cost and poorly performing investment options for employees, reducing the employees' abilities to save more for retirement. Similar suits were filed against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University.
Divorce proceedings are anything but easy, but veteran divorce lawyer and mediator Larry Sarezky hopes the book he just wrote on the topic is a breeze to get through.
AG George Jepsen's office teamed with 43 other states to recover $100 million over fraudulently set interest rates.
A federal judge dismisses a complaint that accused Priceline of failing to disclose extra resort fees imposed by a hotel.
The retired member of the Connecticut Supreme Court, who died Sunday, is seen as having a lasting impact on the law.
U.S. District Judge Janet Arterton has ordered Interstate Fire and Casualty to pay about half of the settlements negotiated by the church.
The state will reap $1.7 million as part of a global settlement with 48 state attorneys general.
In the last session of the Legislature the governor proposed reforming our bail bond system by releasing anyone charged with a misdemeanor from pretrial incarceration unless they had committed a violent offense. We applaud the governor's effort to reduce the prison population, but there are two problems with his proposal.
While state lawmakers didn't act on a proposal to impose more severe penalties for threatening a judge in the last legislative session, the bill is expected to be revived in the next one.
A witness enters the courtroom, is sworn in and is asked by the prosecutor to identify who committed the criminal offense in question. The witness then points to the suspect sitting at the defense table. This routine scenario will no longer be such a standard procedure in Connecticut.
Connecticut Law Tribune is seeking nominations for our 2016 New Leaders in the Law awards.
A convicted killer's claim that prison officials are indifferent to his suicide attempts has passed an initial federal court hurdle.
More women have come forward accusing Timothy Brignole, the managing partner of a Hartford personal injury law firm, of sexual harassment after a former intern sued Brignole and his firm last month.
Illegal immigrants and their enablers have become a big constituency of the Democratic Party, and Sen. Blumenthal and Rep. Courtney are Democrats. While they regret Casey Chadwick's murder and the many crimes committed by other illegal immigrants, they don't regret them enough to risk proposing anything that might be effective.
What's new in the world of real estate closings? The better question is what hasn't changed in the last few years?
The right to sue and the right to defend have to be given breathing space in a democracy, but at the same time reasonable steps can properly be taken to prevent abusive litigation and make whole those who are its victims.
A Connecticut federal judge has ruled that it was wrong for an insurer to refuse to pay out a $10 million life insurance policy on a Hartford lawyer.
In case you didn't get the memo or, more to the point, read the tweet, I am to be pitied.
African-American secretary says she was only nonunion employee passed over for a pay raise.
In a victory for plaintiffs lawyers in Connecticut, the state Supreme Court has ruled that a bike-riding teen who was injured on the side of the road may sue the state under the highway defect statute.
A Florida man who sent death threats to several officials in Connecticut, including two federal judges, was sentenced on Tuesday to five years of probation.
The state Supreme Court has ruled that a widow who discovered her husband's crushed body at work cannot sue his employer for bystander emotional distress because she has already received benefits through the workers' compensation system.
None of us is perfect. We all screw up on occasion. How we react and how we handle the matter when the inevitable occurs, can sometimes cause problems.
Retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Connecticut Alan H.W. Shiff has joined Reid and Riege as a member of its alternative dispute resolution, arbitration and mediation practice.
A jury in Bridgeport has rendered a defense verdict in favor of the town of Redding in a $1.5 million lawsuit filed by an intoxicated man who broke his leg jumping down from a retaining wall.
The Holler Law Firm of Milford, which focuses on real estate transactions, announced Joshua Dorsey has joined the firm as its chief operating officer.
The crude oil inside the tank cars leaked out and exploded, causing a fire that destroyed most of downtown Lac-Mégantic and took the lives of 47 people.
Infringing someone's cat video is one thing, but licensing shops may be on shaky ground when it comes to police abuse clips.
Mitchell & Sheahan's Gary Phelan envisions a class of 100 from a company that he says refused to pay workers part of their time driving trucks.
Longtime colleagues of the late Superior Court Judge William Hickey Jr. remembered him fondly this past week as a modest man who was a mentor to many.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has barred the lawsuits of two workers injured in a power plant explosion that killed six other people in 2010. The decision will also impact roughly a dozen other injured workers who have similar pending lawsuits against the general contractor at the plant.
'Casey's Law' is introduced after murder committed by immigrant who was supposed to be returned to Haiti.
A Danbury-based psychiatrist and mental health practice accused of billing Medicare for brief patient "visits" over the phone agreed to pay over $36,000 to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act.
The discourse into racial interactions gone wrong must be pursued vigorously, as difficult as those discussions can be, to heal generations of mistrust and oppression.
A New York resident is the third former student of Indian Mountain School in the last two years to allege he was sexually abused there years ago.
The roots of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s nearly 40-year political dynasty dates back to a class they took together at Yale Law School in 1971.
A Connecticut federal judge has ruled that it was wrong for an insurer to refuse to pay out a $10 million life insurance policy on a Hartford lawyer who died of brain cancer.
Some issues, such as abortion, euthanasia and capital punishment, evoke hard line and devout positions. People are divided in their views on these topics and their beliefs are often firmly entrenched. It is with this mind that we applaud the Supreme Court's decision-making in its recent death-penalty decisions.
Lawyers are restarting the litigation against General Motors Corp. over its ignition switch recalls after a pair of rulings this month sent the cases down a different road.
Judge Jeffrey Meyer's ruling follows two other dismissals in California.
When Brookfield Republicans booted a former local school board member out of the party last year, the political controversy led to litigation and even a proposal to revamp state legislation. In the latest development, Jane Miller of Brookfield has been reinstated as a member of the Republican Party, over a year after her removal.
A man condemned to die for killing a woman and her two daughters during a 2007 home invasion was resentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of release because the state abolished the death penalty.
The concept of emotional intelligence has been around for quite a while and has been used in business schools, diplomacy, the military, law enforcement and health care but has been slow to be embraced by the legal profession.
Small firms have smaller staffs and smaller budgets, but their cybersecurity risk may not be proportional. One small boutique recently dealt with that problem by merging with a large firm, but industry watchers said there are ways for firms to manage cyberrisk while remaining small.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has reinstated the murder conviction and 60-year prison sentence of a man who shot and killed someone outside a New Haven nightclub in 2008.
Paris, San Bernardino, Dallas, Nice, Baton Rouge. As we reel from one horrific mass killing to another, many, on both sides of the political aisle, pronounce it time that something, anything, must be done to reverse the course of madness that seems to be gripping the world. Using the criminal law "categorical unity" of means, motive and opportunity, I'm afraid that when you unpack the options, none of us is going to like the alternatives.
At a time when American citizens and political leaders are increasingly comfortable with hate speech and the rise of previously subversive gender and racial biases, it is disappointing, though maybe not surprising, that the General Assembly decided to reorganize (eliminate) the six nonpartisan legislative commissions on racial and ethnic minorities and women and children.
Employers looking to heighten available protection of valuable trade secrets are welcoming the arrival of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, a federal statute that went into effect May 11. The DTSA permits trade secret owners to file misappropriation claims in federal court, but only those owners who first implement some important changes to confidentiality agreements can reap the full scope of benefits of the new law.
Employers commonly require new employees to execute arbitration agreements as a condition of employment. In many instances, such arbitration agreements contain class/collective action waivers, which provide that any employment-related disputes be adjudicated through arbitration and the employee waives his or her right to file or participate in any class/collective action in court.
Last month, Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016. This momentous new law establishes a federal cause of action for companies who have trade secrets misappropriated. Described by legal scholars as "the most significant expansion of federal law in intellectual property since the Lanham Act in 1946," the act is intended to enhance the ability of companies to fight back against those who would steal their trade secrets.
Connecticut companies have had access to robust enforcement of trade secrets protection primarily through Connecticut's Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Conn. Gen. Stat. §35-51 et seq. With the enactment of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act, 18 U.S.C. §1831 et seq., effective May 11, 2016, owners of trade secrets can now pursue a private right of action in federal court to protect trade secrets.
On June 14, the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced its final rule, "Discrimination on the Basis of Sex," which sets forth the requirements that federal contractors (including subcontractors) must meet to fulfill their obligations under Presidential Executive Order 11246.
On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor released its highly anticipated and contentious revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime regulations. The new regulations, which go into effect Dec. 1, make significant changes to the salary threshold for classifying an employee as exempt from the overtime requirement pursuant to the administrative, executive and professional exemptions. The changes will likely impact the exemption status of 4.2 million employees nationwide, including approximately 46,000 employees in Connecticut, resulting in U.S. employers paying an estimated additional $1.2 billion in wages in just the first year of implementation.
The genius of the United States' immigration policy is that it welcomes high-potential individuals who came to the United States as refugees or family-based immigrants.
With the Affordable Care Act in full swing more than five years after its enactment, employers continue to weigh the costs of ACA compliance against the risks of reducing their workforce mix so as to avoid paying penalties to the Internal Revenue Service.
With Connecticut's job growth stalling and the expected departure of several large employers, it's not completely clear what the new Department of Labor overtime rule will mean for Connecticut.
The demands of parenthood are intense for all working mothers and fathers, but litigators have the extra pressures of mandatory court appearances despite pregnancy or new-parent responsibilities. As Law.com reported on July 20, a rule under consideration in Florida would require judges to grant motions for continuance for parental leave, barring exceptional circumstances.
The acquisition of a financial interest in the outcome of a lawsuit creates at least the potential for corruption of the process.
A former paralegal who embezzled about $1.7 million from the South Windsor law firm where she worked is now accused of violating her probation by gambling and not paying the restitution she owes.
The state's disability rights agency says Connecticut schools aren't meeting the requirements of the federal IDEA act.
On Sunday, Kim Kardashian West posted a recording of a conversation on Snapchat between her husband Kanye West and Taylor Swift that was allegedly recorded without Swift’s consent — a potential violation of California state law requiring both parties to consent to the recording of communications.
As millions of users have downloaded the ubiquitous Pokémon Go app, some law professors have managed to squeeze time out of their burdensome summer schedules to opine about the legal ramifications of the augmented-reality game that sends players wandering around the real world in search of the coveted virtual Pokémon (that would be pocket monsters, for the uninitiated).
The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that a blind sex offender should not have been removed from the state's rental assistance program because his name was on the state's sex offender registry.
In a rare maritime whistleblower case, the captain of a cargo ship fired for reporting safety violations to the U.S. Coast Guard has been awarded nearly $1.1 million by an administrative law judge with the Department of Labor.
Author Robert F. Kennedy Jr. believes his cousin never got a fair shot, and that the media fueled the interest in the case solely because Skakel was related to the Kennedy family dynasty.
As some colleges have attempted to address the issue of sexual assault, their actions have led to court disputes. Some come from men who claim that they were unfairly disciplined in connection with an alleged assault. Others are advanced by female students who allege that their schools didn't do enough when they stepped forward to report themselves the victim of an assault.
We urge the Judicial Branch to invite key participants to join in the review of factors and to aid in the decision-making process on any future courthouse closings.
What did I do on my summer vacation this year? I read a lot. One book haunts me, and will for a while. I pass it along with a grim sort of recommendation. Candidly, I am hoping that several of you will read it and then tell me why I ought not to be so disturbed by it.
Southbury attorney Robert J. Barry, accused of collecting a hefty $3 million in fees while acting as executor and trustee of a now-deceased client's estate, has been suspended from the practice of law and is the subject of an ongoing federal investigation.
Federal judge rules FAA within its rights to investigate father-son duo's unmanned aircraft.
A Connecticut trial court judge refused to upend the findings of a state attorney grievance panel, dismissing claims from a family who says their former lawyers raked in millions in extra legal fees from a medical malpractice settlement.
Scripted moves have led directly to CTE, the suit alleges, but promotion says it's just cheap heat.
A plaintiffs lawyer in Honolulu. A civil litigator in Dallas. An attorney defending med-mal cases in Buffalo.
In an unusual divorce case, Connecticut's high court held that a lower court should have recognized a couple's marriage as validity, even though the rabbi who performed the ceremony was later convicted of fraud.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, aka the Notorious RBG, aka Darth Bader, set off a firestorm last week when she made some intemperate remarks about Donald Trump during an interview, doubled down on them when speaking with other media outlets, then reversed herself and apologized a few days later for saying anything in the first place. The whole mess is yet another example of how this election cycle will be one for the history books.
Summer is here, with warm breezes and the chance to relax and read a book for the fun of it. We asked members of the Connecticut legal community to share their summer reading recommendations. The result is a mixture of love stories, science fiction, mystery and nonfiction.
The state Appellate Court has knocked $1 million off a verdict of nearly $1.3 million in the case of two business partners who had a falling out after more than two decades.
There is a role for private philanthropy to play in addressing the dire need for increasing the availability of civil legal aid as a complement to their support for other anti-poverty and social justice initiatives and programs.
Suit says school kept spreading his picture after police arrested someone else.
Developers for Hartford’s new baseball field just want to play ball, and they have filed a lawsuit in Hartford Superior Court so they can get back to work.
The Connecticut Bar Foundation will receive nearly $2.87 million stemming from a settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities that led to the financial crisis.
Desi Imetovski, an attorney in the state Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, has announced plans to leave for private practice, the second resignation from the office in the past few weeks.
Joining the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel has been amazing. The work is incredibly challenging. It is important work. You may have heard me joke about 'culling the herd,' but really, I just shepherd the strays back to the flock.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that overturned the convictions of ex-Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez on bribery and extortion charges.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s bid to win reversal of his four-game suspension over a conspiracy to deflate footballs—dubbed ‘Deflategate’—was rejected Wednesday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Colleagues and friends are mourning the loss of Associate Deputy Attorney General David Margolis, who was known for his lengthy career in public service, legal mind and ability to give good advice. He passed away on July 12.
We need to find new ways to do these things or others will do them for free and we'll become less relevant than we already are to a great swath of consumers.
The federal government's announcement that some new faces are going to appear on the currency is a welcome one.
A psychiatrist with offices in New Haven and Fairfield has reached a $400,000 settlement with the state over allegations that she and her husband fraudulently overcharged the state's Medicaid program.
Hartford lawyer Timothy Brignole is accused of pervasive sexual harassment of his female staff, including paralegals and legal assistants, according to a lawsuit filed by a former intern against Brignole, his wife and his law firm.
A unanimous Connecticut Supreme Court shot down claims that police conducted an illegal search after a health inspection at a Stamford residence turned up surprise evidence.
With pro bono backing from Morrison & Foerster, the Connecticut Fund for the Environment claims that federal agencies shirked their obligations to review the environmental impact of selling Plum Island, the longtime home of an animal disease research lab off of Long Island.
Alcoholism is rampant in the legal profession. One in three lawyers struggles with a drinking problem, and that rate is worse than for physicians and other highly educated workers.
In the wake of five police officers being shot to death in Dallas and two years worth of mounting outrage and social unrest over the deaths of black civilians at the hands of police, attorneys with law enforcement backgrounds expressed dismay and sadness at recent events and lamented it could get worse after the Dallas shootings. Others believe smartphones with cameras, as well as social media has put police activity under a microscope.
No one should start a sentence any more with the words "the problem with law schools…" If anything, they have proved a lot more nimble and adaptable than many of us.
Cantor Colburn recently announced the election of Michelle Ciotola to partner, which was effective June 15.
The legislature should provide for a private cause of action against any board of education or school employee or official who allows bullies to harm our children regardless of their attempts to comply with the existing anti-bullying statute.
Bart Palosz, 15, shot and killed himself on the first day of school in 2013 after years of alleged bullying. In a wrongful death lawsuit against the town of Greenwich, Connecticut, and its school district, his parents claim the school did nothing to curtail the constant attacks on the socially awkward teen.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has reinstated the conviction of Teri Buhl, who prosecutors said used a fake Facebook account to harass her then-boyfriend's daughter.
A former employee claims in a federal suit that she was directed to turn away LGBT individuals seeking beds at a Hartford-area shelter.
A former Hamden attorney who resigned from the bar late last year amid theft allegations is facing another accusation that he stole from a client.
The U.S. Department of Justice is asking for a court order forcing Facebook Inc. to provide information to the IRS related to its transfer of many of its global assets to its Irish holding company.
It is with deep sadness that we mourn the passing of one of the greatest social justice lawyers of our time. Michael Ratner, who passed away on May 11, spent his life giving voice to victims of human rights abuses around the world.
We all must pledge to remove hatred and intolerance from our midst, and to stay true to the principles of liberty, justice and equality that define America at its best.
The impact of vacant, foreclosed homes is affecting Connecticut. Two homeowners in Wyndham County have been living through the experience of having a foreclosed home in their neighborhood.
Remington Arms Co., the maker of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle that was used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, has asked a Connecticut judge to seal certain portions of the discovery materials from public view in the high-profile lawsuit against the company.
Edible Arrangements and 1-800-Flowers, competitors in the fruit bouquet market, have agreed to settle their federal lawsuits against one another.
The massive layoffs in the Judicial Branch threaten to undermine public confidence in the courts yet further. It will take uncommon creativity to keep the wheels of justice turning.
Current Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane will serve another five years in his position, while another longtime prosecutor will fill the top spot in New Haven.
Some insurance companies have expressed a willingness to participate in a program that would provide financial help to Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations, according to the state Attorney General's Office.
As an Army engineer tasked with clearing bombs from key roads, Kevin Kirby oversaw 33 fellow service members and millions of dollars of equipment during his first 11-month deployment to Afghanistan in 2009.
Frontier's Entry Into Texas and California Markets Met With False Claims by Charter, Complaint Says
Law professors and students from Connecticut gain knowledge about American and Nicaraguan law and legal systems from trip to that Central American country.
One of two men who killed a woman and her two daughters in a 2007 home invasion in Cheshire has dropped his appeal of his conviction.
A woman who had the wrong fallopian tube cut by a doctor during surgery, rendering her infertile, has been awarded $1.8 million by a jury in New London.
A federal judge has dismissed MGM Resorts International's suit claiming a new Connecticut law unconstitutionally discriminated against the Native American tribe with which MGM is building a casino rivaling ones in Connecticut.
Connecticut is slated to receive more than $16 million as part of a $570 million national settlement between more than 40 states and Volkswagen over its emissions cheating scandal.
When an intruder broke into Jennifer Thompson's home while she was sleeping in 1984, put a knife to her throat and sexually assaulted her, she vowed to not only survive, but to remember his face so he would be captured.
Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions known collectively as Miller/Graham established that the scientific community has clearly demonstrated that brain development is not completed during an individual's juvenile years and continues well into their mid-twenties.
One of the state's largest law firms has added 13 attorneys to its staff in recent months, including four attorneys in Connecticut. The four new Robinson & Cole attorneys in Connecticut focus on data privacy and security, tax law, employee benefits and real estate, among other areas of law.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that two men serving prison sentences of more than 30 years each must submit DNA samples as required under state law, or face having the samples taken by force.
As fellow Law Tribune columnist Norm Pattis recently noted, my former office, the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, has shrunk.
A federal judge has dismissed a prison inmate's lawsuit claiming a Connecticut attorney defamed him by questioning him during a deposition about whether he had ever sexually assaulted another prisoner.
A federal judge has denied motions to dismiss a lawsuit that was filed by a Muslim family that claim an International House of Pancakes Restaurant in Connecticut refused to serve them.
Annemarie Morrissey-Manter was a nurse at Hartford's St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center for 32 years. She won awards for her work and received great performance reviews from supervisors.
The images one conjures when thinking of what a lawyer or judge looks like rarely includes instruments, but on Thursday night, band after band full of members of Connecticut's judicial system showed they have more talents than just those they show in the courtroom.
The influx of self-represented parties has put a strain on Connecticut's court system and has raised questions about whether justice is being done when one party in a dispute has a lawyer and the other one does not.
The divorce court battles of the rich have recently been spreading alarm among family lawyers for the poor.
The state's judges have voted to require continuing legal education for all licensed attorneys in Connecticut. Lawyers will have to complete 12 annual hours of CLE.
If lawmen can't be trusted to make wise decisions about what laws to enforce and when, then why not let taxpayer's decide?
A lawyer for a small competitor in the niche market of selling corporate training products says a Stamford company accused his clients of stealing trade secrets as a way to use the discovery process in litigation to try to uncover further trade secrets for themselves. The state Appellate Court has agreed that plaintiffs brought the lawsuit in bad faith and upheld a judge's decision to award over $171,000 in attorney's fees to the defendant.
One of the state's most prominent elder law practices is expanding for the second time in the past two years. Berlin-based CzepigaDalyPope is opening an office in the Litchfield County town of New Milford and adding two attorneys.
"Significant" public interest in documents sought by former servicewoman who said she was sexually harassed in Iraq.
Reports that Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel bankrolled Hulk Hogan's privacy suit against gossip news site Gawker took the legal industry by surprise. The details also provide a window into the largely self-regulated and growing world of litigation funding.
An eight-page opinion out of Atlantic County, New Jersey, imploring courts to carefully vet the sale of structured settlements has caught the attention of industry players nationwide, and highlighted a dearth of useful guidance for judges even 15 years after model legislation was crafted to tame a Wild West marketplace.
Connecticut lawyers for employers and employees alike can bring an efficient conclusion to employment litigation by using nonqualified structured settlements to effect tax deferral.
Well-known trial lawyer Michael Stratton has been arrested for the second time in two years following a domestic dispute.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has ordered a trial judge to determine whether the names of some University of Connecticut animal researchers can be kept secret to protect their safety.
Many lawyers practicing today remember a very different profession that existed when they came to the bar.